Reiki is the Japanese word for universal life force. It is a hands-on healing art rediscovered by Dr. Mikao Usui, a distinguished Japanese educator of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He found references to a healing system symbolically documented in early Buddhist writings. This discovery led him to integrate elements of this system into a meaningful and functional context. Through years of practice and observation, he refined the forms for treatment and teaching that have been passed on with great respect from Master to Student.